The Robinson Center to Welcome Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ to the Stage

You’re going to want to mark your calendars for this one. Today, Celebrity Attractions CEO Ed Payton made the exciting announcement that the Robinson Center will host Disney’s “The Lion King” during the 2017-2018 season. 

Payton said that Celebrity Attractions couldn’t always bring Broadway shows to the Robinson because of restrictions on the old theatre — but not anymore. With the $70 million renovation and restoration, the Robinson Center is ready to host the biggest names on Broadway.

Disney’s “The Lion King” is one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people. 

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice and additional musical material by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, Hans Zimmer and more. The resulting sound of “The Lion King” is a fusion of Western popular music and the sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.” 

The Arkansas engagement of Disney’s “The Lion King” is presented by arrangement with Celebrity Attractions and is a subscription offering of Celebrity Attractions’ 2017-2018 Broadway Season. Celebrity Attractions’ 2016-2017 Season at Robinson Performance Hall features “Elf The Musical,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “Riverdance-The 20th Anniversary World Tour.” Season tickets for the 2016-2017 are now on sale and are priced from $114-345.

Credit: Celebrity Attractions

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